12 Travel Essentials to Bring on Your Trips

You’re going on a trip, and all of your outfits are planned and packed. It’s time to focus on the travel essentials that you can’t forget. 

Wherever you’re going—no matter how long—this packing guide lists the necessary things you should carry when traveling.

1. Wallet and Passport Holder 

No matter where you’re going, you won’t get very far without your wallet. If you’re traveling internationally, the same goes for your passport. 

It’s easy to lose important documents while traveling, so it’s wise to invest in a wallet-passport holder combination to keep them handy. 

Look for a travel-friendly option with slots for your cash, passport, cards, boarding pass, tickets, and more. The most convenient options come with a matching wristlet strap.

2. Toiletry Bottles

Don’t waste your money on disposable, travel-sized bottles that can explode in your suitcase. Instead, invest in reusable bottles for your toiletries such as soap, shampoo, lotions, and other liquids. 

The best toiletry bottles resemble bags. The TSA requires liquids to be under three ounces. Look for options that are easy to fit into your travel kit, leak-proof, and compact. 

3. Skincare Products

If you have a solid skincare routine, going on vacation is no excuse to let it slide. 

Traveling can cause breakouts and flare-ups, so it’s best to prepare with products you already know and trust.

If you’re committed to your existing skincare products, pack your new reusable travel bottles with your favorite toner, moisturizer, and night cream. If you want to try something new, pick out a travel-sized set from a line you’ve never used before.

4. Walking Shoes

You might be the type to plan your shoes to go with your outfits but always throw in a pair of comfortable walking sneakers when traveling.

The ideal pair of shoes is attractive yet practical. It’s okay for style to take a back seat if you’re exploring somewhere new and need to give your feet a break.

5. Travel Pillow

With so many travel pillows on the market, it can be challenging to find one that actually meets your needs. 

Many travel pillows resemble neck braces and look a little strange. However, the best are machine washable and compact. They bounce back from washing quickly to provide plenty of neck support—allowing you to sleep comfortably on the plane and avoid neck stiffness. 

6. Universal Travel Adapter

If you’re traveling to different countries, you’ve likely come across a few different power outlets. Invest in a travel adapter so that you can use any of your plugs or charges, no matter where you go. 

Save yourself any hassle by getting an adapter that can work in any country. Luckily, there are plenty of one-adapter-fits-all options.

Travel adapters allow you to plug a device from one country into the wall outlet of another. However, travel adapters don’t convert voltage, so ensure that your device can handle the electricity coming out of the socket.

7. Earplugs and Eye Mask

Regardless of where you’re traveling, there’s always the chance you’ll come across noisy neighbors. Or you’ll be trying to sleep on a long flight and get seated behind a baby—and in an aisle seat. 

A great set of earplugs and an eye mask can go a long way when you lack sleep. No one wants to explore a new destination when you’re cranky and sleep-deprived. So, be sure to think ahead and pack the items that will help you make the most of your waking hours.

8. Backpack

You need a backpack for traveling, but not just any pack will do. You should invest in a bag with padded straps that give you plenty of support while exploring.

If you’re going to be carrying a backpack for any given amount of time, be sure it’s one that evenly distributes weight. This way, you can free your hands while navigating new areas.

9. Fanny Pack

Inside of your backpack, keep a fanny pack for when you’re out and about and traveling lightly.

Sometimes you don’t need to carry much around with you, but you still need a way to organize and carry your essentials. 

The best fanny packs allow you to travel lightly in style. You can find several options that are well-constructed and hand-designed—perfect for organizing other currencies and your passport/ 

10. Lip Blam

Chapped lips are miserable, especially when you’re trying to enjoy your vacation.

When traveling, you may experience changing weather conditions, which can affect the amount of moisture in your lips. It’s also easy to forget to put sunscreen on your lips, which can add to an already painful experience. 

Whether you’re lounging on the beach or going on a cold mountain trek, don’t leave your chapstick behind.

11. Wireless Headphones

Don’t bother with tangled headphone cords while traveling. Purchase wireless headphones instead. 

In-ear, wireless headphones are designed for maximum convenience and comfort. Most are also noise-canceling, which provides pristine sound. Modern wireless headphones pack impressive battery life as well, so you can take them during those long days spent exploring.

12. Digital Watch

Finally, pack a watch with a digital display. Traveling requires a lot of movement, and it’s nice not to have to reach in your pocket for your phone every time you check the time. Plus, you risk losing or dropping your phone every time you have it out in the airport, on a bus, or walking busy city streets. 

Save your phone’s battery for pulling up ticket information, accessing boarding passes, and emergencies.

Don’t Forget to Pack These Travel Essentials

So, that’s our list of twelve travel essentials to pack whenever you’re on the go! Keep this packing list handy as you’re headed across the state, country, or globe.

If you’re trying to plan your next trip, check out our guide to the best family vacation destinations.

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